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Reading instruction in kindergarten: Little to gain and much to lose

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A growing chorus of early education professionals are saying that setting standards for reading instruction in kindergarten is going too far. They argue that policies aimed at preparing kids for college through academics at increasingly earlier years is misguided and unsupported by the research. Listen to the radio segment here.

Then check out these additional resources:

"Report: Requiring kindergartners to read--as Common Core does--may harm some: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/13/report-requiring-kindergartners-to-read-as-common-core-does-may-harm-some/

"What Common Core wants kindergartners to do: read, write, and do geometry": http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/16/what-common-core-wants-kindergartners-to-do-read-write-do-geometry/

"Mom: Common Core wants kids to develop reading skills at the same pace. My daughers didn't.": http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/28/mom-common-core-wants-kids-to-develop-reading-skills-at-the-same-pace-my-daughters-didnt/

"All Children Are Not the Same: Common Core Standards Fail to Keep Child Development in Mind": http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rae-pica/all-children-are-not-the-same_b_6615796.html

Defending the Early Years: http://deyproject.org/

Alliance for Childhood: http://www.allianceforchildhood.org/

Gesell Institute of Child Development: http://www.gesellinstitute.org/


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Rae Pica has been an education consultant specializing in the development and education of the whole child, children's physical activity, and active learning since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 19 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music and, most recently, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives. Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Gymboree, Nike, and state health departments throughout the country. She is a member of the executive committee of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences and is co-founder of BAM Radio Network, where she hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more on teaching with students at the center.

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